What should I be doing to extend the life of my car to the year 2056?
April 24, 2014 10:17 AM Subscribe
What should I be doing to extend the life of my car to the year 2056? Seriously, I was gifted a 15 year old car with 110k on it. It is in great shape and I drive less than 5k a year (I work at home). What I am looking for are pointers to keep the car in good shape for a long time given the infrequent use.
It is a 1998 Ford Escort wagon.
posted by lampshade to Home & Garden (18 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Garage kept, interior in good shape, exterior with only a few paint scratches. The only big broken item is the A/C which I doubt I will fix given how little I use the car.
Because I work at home, I rarely drive the thing (which is great for insurance costs). What I am worried about is that I might neglect it too much over time. For example, there is a generally rated period (based on mileage) when one should change the oil. However, in the 2 years I have had the car, I have yet to reach that milestone. So should I switch to a timed based schedule or wait until the mileage?
I know this is a bit of an open ended question, but I am looking for pointers as to taking care of this car so it lasts me for a long time given that it does not get worked out that often.